A Tesla Megapack battery caught fire at a major power storage facility in California early Monday, the state’s largest utility said in a statement to TechCrunch.
According to PG&E, the utility “was notified of a fire in one Tesla Megapack at its Elkhorn Battery Storage facility” around 1:30 a.m. in Moss Landing, about 25 miles south of Santa Cruz in Monterey County. The site houses a facility that holds 256 Megapacks and can hold up to 730 megawatt hours of energy… when not on fire. Such facilities underpin an important transition to renewable energy, preserving clean energy for use when the sun isn’t shining.
At the time of this story’s publication, the facility was shut down as firefighters worked to “stop the spread of the fire and provide a safe area for emergency response personnel.” Fire to close a section of Highway 1 and it broke out asylum advice from the county sheriff’s office. The office warned nearby residents about an “ongoing hazardous materials incident” around 9:00 a.m., noting: “Please close your windows and turn off your ventilation systems.”
PG&E said in a statement that its safety systems were “operating as designed when the problem was discovered” and there were no collateral injuries. The utility company added that the incident “has not resulted in any power outages for customers at this time.”
When asked about the extent of the fire, a utility company representative declined to provide additional information.
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